Launched in 2007, the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Public Art Plan was founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship. Believed to be the first of its kind in North America, the plan represents a key component of the Public Art Program's mission to guide the evolution of a distinct and vibrant artistic character for the city’s public places.
Phase I of the plan has commissioned artists locally, nationally and internationally to engage the community on the broad theme of the watershed. It has fostered innovative, award-winning temporary and permanent public art projects, events and experiences throughout our city, including:
Water, land and air
Building on the success of Phase I, the plan is expanding beyond our watersheds to also bring land and air into public focus. Phase II will provide a 10-year plan for the implementation of a diverse range of public art projects, events and experiences commissioned through UEP. These initiatives will continue to bring awareness to our environment, infrastructure, and utilities, while drawing attention to the important role we each play in the protection of our land, air and water.
The development of Phase II is being lead by multidisciplinary consultant team Sans façon with Amery Calvelli, Hesse McGraw, Ciara McKeown, Josh Shelton and Ben Spencer. Throughout the next year, The City will be connecting with Calgarians across the city to help shape this next chapter. Watch for opportunities to join in the conversation.
Public Art Budget
In accordance with the Public Art Policy, UEP pools their one per cent of capital budgets allocated for public art. Given the scope and complexity of the opportunities afforded by the pooling of funds and the often hidden nature of UEP infrastructure, the plan guides the spending of funds in a strategic and cohesive manner.
For more information on the Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan, contact the Public Art Program.